Abortions for everyone!
May 29, 2009 at 10:39 p.m. by Luke Graybill
I have heard this term one too many times: pro-abortion; religious people who are Republicans are usually the ones parroting this term the most lately, and I am too fed up with hearing it (and being accused of it) to ignore it any more, so allow me to clear the air a bit here.
As Obama stated during one of the televised debates with McCain, nobody is pro-abortion:
I think that's where we can find some common ground, because nobody's pro-abortion. [emphasis added] I think it's always a tragic situation. We should try to reduce these circumstances.
The term pro-abortion is simply invented for political polarization and is an unfair mischaracterization of the pro-choice stance. To be pro-choice means to support the right of parents to make the decision to have an abortion. Being pro-choice does not in any way imply that anyone anywhere prefers or condones abortions; I've never met anyone who wouldn't agree that abortion should be avoided at all costs. In actuality, nearly everyone is anti-abortion; but many people also feel that the parents should have the final decision in the matter.
Republicans have decided to focus part of their platform on being an anti-abortion party, and are in favor of overturning Roe v Wade in order to allow legislation outlawing abortion:
The Republican Party platform this year will reassert the party’s opposition to abortion. And again it will not allow for exceptions in the cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother..
For being the party that claims it is against "big government", it seems inconsistent that the GOP wants to prevent parents from making their decisions without interference from the government.
The GOP also claims that it opposes abortion because it violates the "sanctity of innocent human life"source. Apparently human life is a much less important concern when it is lost in a war or through the death penalty, two situations that the GOP wholeheartedly supports.
I am sick and tired of hearing these oily people misrepresent the pro-choice crowd as people who encourage and desire to abort babies, when nothing could be further from the truth. Everyone wants to reduce the number of abortions; nobody wants to "harvest babies" for stem cells; nobody wants to stop using contraceptives because they can just have an abortion.
Whenever you hear someone call another person pro-abortion or accuse them of being baby-killers, please be aware that they are distorting the facts because they don't know how to be honest debaters.